Friends of St. Mary's Community Heritage Site Mirfield


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West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service’s Historic Environment Record (HER) contains information about the Castle Hall Hill motte and bailey and other similar historic sites - the direct link to this record is:

There are records for the parish of Mirfield St Mary (held under ref WDP1) at:


Wakefield Office

Registry of Deeds

Newstead Road

Wakefield WF1 2DE

Tel: +44 (0)1924 305980 | Fax: +44 (0)1924 305983

The record collections list is not yet on-line and is only available in the reception of the above office.

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The website for Mirfield Parish Magazine has detailed historical background information about St Mary's Church and graveyared.

The history of the present church and its extensive stained glass windows can be discovered.  Several photographs support the detailed history.  Information regarding the earlier St Mary's is also provided, along with photographs and details of noteworthy gravestones. Click on an image to link to the page of choice.

There may also be records in the West Riding Registry of Deeds which are relevant to the Heritage Site. This includes records such as Ordnance Survey plans, tithe awards and plans, and enclosure awards and plans.

More information about the Registry and the kind of records it holds can be found on the website:

West Yorkshire Archive Service

Mirfield Parish Magazine

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Published regularly since the 19th C. the Mirfield Parish Magazine has a wealth of historical information about St Mary's Church.

Historical Sources

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The Mirfield Murders booklet outlines the murders that took place at Water Royd House on 12th May 1847 when James Wraith, his wife Ann and their servant Caroline Ellis were savagely murdered in their own home and the controversy surrounding the court case and jurisdiction. The Murder Grave is in the churchyard of St Mary's just

Booklet £2 available from church or by contacting [email protected], proceeds go to St Mary's Appeal.

Mirfield Murders